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Rio Olympics 2016: Statement from JSW Sports and Narsingh Yadav on CAS decision

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DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 09: Narsingh Pancham Yadav of India celebrates after winning a gold medal in the men's 74KG Wrestling at IG Sports Complex during day six of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 9, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Narsingh Yadav’s hopes for a medal in Rio have been dashed

Despite earlier being cleared to compete in the Olympics by NADA, Indian wrestler, Narsingh Yadavhas now been banned for 4 years by the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS) and is now out of the Rio Olympics 2016 following a successful appeal by WADA.

Here we have a statement from both JSW Sports and Narsingh Yadav in response to this decision by the CAS:

Statement from JSW Sports

JSW Sports is deeply disappointed at the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in handing wrestler Narsingh Yadav a four-year ban following an appeal by WADA. Narsingh is, first and foremost, an athlete of India who we at JSW Sports proudly support and will continue doing so. Ever since he has earned a berth to represent the country at the Olympic Games, Narsingh has been put through an ordeal that no athlete should have to ever go through. JSW Sports strongly believes in Narsingh’s innocence and will stand by the wrestler in doing everything to fight for justice. We will be pressing for a review of the decision that WADA would be amenable to if further evidence is found pertaining to sabotage.

Statement from Narsingh Yadav

To say I am devastated at the decision of CAS would be putting it mildly. I have gone through so much over the last two months off the mat but the thought of fighting for the glory of the nation at the Games had kept me going. My dream of competing and winning the country a medal at the Rio Olympics has been cruelly snatched away from me twelve hours before my first bout, but I will do everything it takes to prove my innocence. It is all I have left to fight for.